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The importance of beta-carotene in a bub’s diet

Beta-carotene vs Vitamin A  Beta-carotene is a pigment found in orange and yellow coloured fruits and vegetables. It is converted in the body to the active form of vitamin A, an essential fat-soluble vitamin. Eating beta-carotene allows the body to regulate vitamin A status by only converting the amount that is needed, making beta-carotene a safe nutrient for your bub to enjoy (1).  Benefits of beta–carotene to...
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Why you should choose organic for your bub?

How organic food benefits growing babies Babies and toddlers go through dramatic growth and cognitive development in the first two years of life, a process dependent on adequate nutrition and a healthy environment. Organic food contains higher nutrient levels, including higher levels of antioxidants, with fewer harmful substances (1). On the contrary, conventional farming methods...
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Why should I worry about heavy metals in baby food?

How heavy metals affect babies High heavy metal exposure in babies and children can impact their health and development, building up over time and potentially causing health conditions in later life. Behavioral issues such as attention deficit disorder (ADHD), neurological damage, autism, anemia, and gastrointestinal dysfunction are just a few examples of how high heavy...
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Nutrients your growing bub needs!

Why does baby nutrition matter so much!? All growth and body functions require dietary nutrients to work optimally. Some of the most biologically necessary nutrients for babies (and adults!) depend entirely on dietary intake, as the body is not able to produce these nutrients on its own. Feeding practices in the first 2 to 3...
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How to reduce pesticides from non-organic fruit and veggies

If organic produce is simply not affordable, rest assured you can reduce a significant amount of pesticide residue by washing your veggies with bi-carb soda. According to a study in the Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry (1), soaking produce for 12-15 minutes in a solution of 30g of baking soda and 3L of water...
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Breastfeeding nutrition tips for optimal lactation and maternal health

Maternal nutrition during breastfeeding Eating a healthy diet while you are breastfeeding is important because what you eat determines the energy, protein, nutrient and vitamin content of your breast milk. In addition to the increased micronutrient demands, breastfeeding also uses up a lot of energy, with 500 kcal/day more needed than pre-pregnancy (the equivalent of...
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Nutrition tips for 10-12 month old babies

Variety of Foods When your little one turns 10 months old, he has probably found his favourite foods. However, it is important that you continue to introduce new textures and flavours into the diet to ensure that healthy eating habits are maintained. Healthy Family Meals By 12 months of age, your baby can start eating...
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Nutrition tips for 8-10 month old babies

When your baby reaches 8 months of age, he is most likely ready for finger foods. Finger foods are foods that babies can pick up and eat by themselves. Since finger foods are small/bite-sized foods that are soft and diced, your little one won’t need their teeth to chew it. Your baby’s gum should be...
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Nutrition tips for 6-8 month old babies

When to Begin the Weaning Journey When your baby is around the age of 6 months, it is important to introduce suitable solids to satisfy his nutritional needs. It is at this age when breastmilk and/or formula doesn’t provide all the calories and nutrients your little one needs. Here are 5 signs that will tell...
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Important vitamins for 6-12 month old babies

Another form of micronutrient that is essential for growth and development during this period is the vitamin group, a family of compounds which as their name suggests, has essential roles in maintaining the health of growing tissues. In a similar way to minerals, vitamins are found in trace amounts in most foods, but despite this,...
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